I have only recently started reading Denise Hunter’s books, and I quickly became a fan. If you haven’t read any of her sweet romance novels, you’re missing out! After finishing The Goodbye Bride I couldn’t wait for the next book in the series to come out! Just a Kiss is every bit as good as its predecessor.
Riley and Paige have been best friends most of their lives, but Riley has a secret. He’s been in love with Paige since the summer they were seventeen. When she started dating his brother, Beau, Riley was so heartbroken, he joined the Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan. When Paige and Beau broke up, Riley was determined to come home and win her heart. He didn’t count on the IED that would leave him emotionally and physically scarred. While Paige is determined to help Riley, every minute he spends with her is torture, especially when she’s going out with her new boyfriend. But when Paige’s feelings begin to change, too, Riley will discover that her love isn’t the only thing he needs to make him whole.
The storyline of a girl and boy who are best friends and fall in love isn’t exactly new or original, but Ms. Hunter makes it work in her trademark way. I like that her stories always make it look like it’s going to work out, then it’s not, then it is again. The Callahan brothers are simply dreamy, and I think a girl could easily fall in love with any one of them. I did find it a little strange that so many of the characters in this novel set in Maine seem to have southern names—like Beau. But these characters are so loveable that doesn’t bother me much.
I have a few Denise Hunter books in my Kindle library that I now MUST go back and read. I think I’ll start with The Conveniet Groom since it was recently made into a movie on Hallmark. After that I definitely need to read about Beau and Eden. Anyone have a suggestion for others that I should read? Leave me a comment letting me know if you have a favorite!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own, and a favorable review was not required. Look for Just a Kiss on or around September 6.